MindWare Academy is an Orton-Gillingham-based school.
The Orton-Gillingham program was developed in the early 1920’s by Samuel Orton, a neurologist, and Anna Gillingham, a school psychologist. To this day it is still the only program recommended for students with language disabilities, specifically dyslexia. To be considered an Orton-Gillingham program it must be multi-sensory, it must be systematic and it must be rule based.
We build the Orton-Gillingham program into our curriculum in two ways. First, any child who needs remediation for reading will work on the Orton-Gillingham program during the time period before lunch.
For most students this will be a 1-1 program with a qualified instructor. Second, we build the program into our everyday teaching, especially in the language arts program. Using the multi-sensory model we teach mind mapping and paragraph writing. Spelling is taught using the rules from the Orton-Gillingham program and reading strategies are reinforced using the principles of decoding and blending. Individual progress is recorded so that we know which at level every student is working.